The House of a Thousand Servants (Jul, 1931)
The House of a Thousand Servants
WHAT might be called the most unusual house in America is the home of O. H. Caldwell, of Cos Cob, Connecticut. Mr. Caldwell is a noted electrical engineer and the former Federal Radio Commissioner. This house has over a thousand servants and yet has no servant problem, for all of the servants are electrical gadgets of one kind or another that do all the work.
Merely open the gate of this house and the building is flooded with light, inside and outside. At the flash of an automobile headlight the garage doors open automatically and the interior lights up. In summer the cool water from two deep wells is circulated through the steam pipes, thus cooling the house.
Ten radio stations sets situated in different parts of the house, all controlled by time clocks, are there to amuse you, and after you retire the radio will continue to play until you are asleep and then will automatically shut itself off.
The furnace is stoked by electricity, and there are over 100 outlets in the house for electric heaters, fans, piano, cleaning and laundry equipment, heated blankets, etc. The kitchen has 26 places to use electricity and one machine alone has over 150 uses. All of the cooking, heating and preparation of food is done by electricity.